Forbes Reveals ‘Top 5 Wealthiest’ Hip-Hop Artists

blame it on Patrick Glynn May 4, 2016

Forbes is a wonderful publication revolving around money, and one of its highlights is always ranking the wealthiest people in a certain niche: in the U.S., in sports, in the world, in technology or what have you.

Today, the publication released it’s “The Forbes Five” list, which consists of the top five wealthiest artists in hip-hop. The Top Five this year are worth over $2.2 billion.

Pretty much every year, the same people seem to take the top couple spots: label heads and entrepreneurs Diddy ($750 million this year), Dr. Dre ($710 million) and Jay Z ($610 million).

The big surprise, though? Drake landed in at No. 5, estimated at being worth a cool $60 million. Forbes says his deals with Sprite, Apple Music and the Toronto Raptors, along with his growing OVO Sound label, helped boost his income over the last year.

Last year’s list had 50 Cent and Birdman rounded out the Top Five, but due to declaring bankruptcy, it’d be a bit hard for 50 to land on the list again.

Birdman is still in the top five (No. 4, $110 million), but his value dropped by $30 million due to what Forbes attributes to “turmoil in his empire,” including beef with Lil Wayne and reportedly owing Young Money singees (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga) a bunch of money.

01 Diddy ($750M)
02 Dr. Dre ($710M)
03 JAY Z ($610M)
04 Birdman ($110M)
05 Drake ($60M)

Check out the full list and the detailing of the rappers’ riches on Forbes.